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Notes on the April 21, 2013 Broadcast of Meet The Press

April 21, 2013

All Rights NBC NewsThis weeks Meet the Press began with Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA). Host David Gregory asked him, “Has the threat passed?” Gov. Patrick respond. “I think we think so.”

Patrick went on to say there are still a lot of questions to ask, but there is no basis for concern about another threat. He offered no new information on the surviving suspect or on the investigation. Patrick said he trusts the judgment of the US Attorney General to make the right decision on how to prosecute the suspect.

Next up was NBC’s Pete Williams, who is being praised for his great reporting during this crisis. Williams had no new information, but he said the big gap in our understanding is figuring out what the suspected older brother was doing in Russia during six months last year. Others on the panel agreed. Further discussion centered on whether or not the FBI “missed something” in the months and years before the bombing.

David Gregory asked if this event changes how we think about securing America. No fundamental shift in strategy is needed, according to former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) connected the case to upcoming Senate discussion of immigration reform. He made the case that a number of things in the proposed legislation will make America more secure.

Later, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke eloquently about the impact of this incident on Boston. The Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg said we are moving into an “era of the suspicious package” and the “era of CCTV.” Columnist Peggy Noonan added it is also the “era of everyone has a cell phone camera.”

Noonan said that when she first heard about the bombs in Boston, she feared they might contain radiological material, a so-called “dirty bomb.” NBC’s Tom Brokaw said we have to work a lot harder to figure out the motivation for these kind of attacks. And he connected it to the use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Noonan and Goodwin had a good conversation about the dysfunction in the US Senate that is keeping public sentiment from being reflected in national laws. Later Noonan said we in the media are encouraging mass hysteria around these incidents, and then we are convening panels like this to talk thoughtfully about the mass hysteria we helped create.

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Thomas Giefer permalink
    April 24, 2013 1:35 pm

    I take issue with Jeffrey Goldberg’s misstatement, “We have to remember that the primary victims of jihadism are other Muslims…” Non-Muslims are the primary targets and victims of jihad. Other Muslims are the victims of an intra-Islam feud over differences between sects of Islam.

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